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Empire of the Sikhs: Revised Edition

by Patwant Singh & Jyoti M. Rai

The definitive biography of Ranjit Singh, contemporary of Napoleon and one of the most powerful and charismatic Indian rulers of his age

Ranjit Singh has been largely written out of accounts of the subcontinent's...


Baudelaire in Chains: A Portrait of the Artist as a Drug Addict

by Frank Hilton

An acclaimed and most unusual biography of Baudelaire, showing him ensnared by his passions for poetry, prostitutes, and drugs.

A crucial link between romanticism and modernism, Charles Baudelaire is a pivotal...


Angels on the Head of a Pin

by Yuri Druzhnikov & Thomas Moore

In this contemporary Russian classic, a samizdat document arrives at a Soviet newspaper headquarters with unimaginable consequences.

Angels on the Head of a Pin is set in Moscow in the late 1960s, at a time when...


Who Are You?

by Anna Kavan

Depicting the hopeless, emotional polarity of a young couple, this novel follows their doomed marriage spent in a remote, tropical hell. She—described only as "the girl"—is young, sophisticated and sensitive....


All the Moves (But None of the Licks)

by Clive Selwood

Clive Selwood is the man who invented "chart hyping," the man who started the first "hippie" record label, and who pioneered the concept of radio "session" recordings with one of the most successful independent...


Assisted Dying: Who Makes the Final Decision

by Lesley Ann Close, Jo Cartwright & Terry Pratchett

The latest developments in the arguments for and against assisted dying, with a foreword by Terry Pratchett

Assisted dying is perhaps one of the most divisive issues of the modern age, generating endless headlines...


Darling Georgie: The Engima of George V

by Dennis Friedman

Eminent psychiatrist Dennis Friedman turns his acute gaze on our present Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather, King George V (1885–1936), to reveal the man behind the monarch. Taking as his starting point the widely...


Hunter Quatermain's Story: The Uncollected Adventures of Allan Quatermain

by H. Rider Haggard & Peter Haining

Over a century after the debut of the intrepid hunter explorer Allan Quatermain in King Solomon's Mines, he remains one of the great heroes of literature whose adventures have been adapted for cinema and television....


The Grid

by Jeremy Reed

Christopher Marlowe and his Elizabethan set are reincarnated in a near-future dystopian London on the brink of destruction, battling AIDS and trapped by their shared past. A typically original and erotically...


Seopyeonje: The Southerners' Songs

by Yi Chung-Jun

Yi Chung-jun's haunting and disturbing novel is set in the 1950s after the Korean War in the remote south of the country, home of the traditional art of pansori singing, a moving and plangently beautiful style...


Ice

by Anna Kavan

In this haunting and surreal novel, the narrator and a man known as the warden search for an elusive girl in a frozen, seemingly post-nuclear, apocalyptic landscape. The country has been invaded and is being...


H.G. Wells: Another Kind of Life

by Michael Sherborne

An unlikely lothario, one of the most successful writers of his time, a figure at the heart of the age's political and artistic debates—H. G. Wells' life is a great story in its own right When H. G. Wells...


The Ice Palace

by Tarjei Vesaas & Elizabeth Rokkan

A new edition of what is commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian writer's masterpiece, this story tells the tale of Siss and Unn, two friends who have only spent one evening in each other's company. But so...


This Way to the Revolution: A Memoir

by Erin Pizzey

First full biography of an international figure, recently in the news after her successful libel case against Andrew Marry, who described her as a terrorist in The Making of Modern Britain

Internationally famous...


Perlefter: The Story of a Bourgeois

by Joseph Roth

Now available for the first time in English, this important addition to the Roth canon is rich in irony and exemplary of Roth's keen powers of social and political observation

A novel fragment that was discovered...


The Lonely Hearts Club

by Dennis Friedman

A cleverly plotted novel exploring the bonds that form among a group of heart attack survivors who help one another find strength both physically and emotionally This witty and unique tale centers on five...


The Beautiful Child

by Emma Tennant

From the acclaimed author of Pemberley and Thornfield Hall comes a tale inspired by Henry James

The Beautiful Child is the last known unfinished story by the great American writer, ending on a Jamesian note of...


Philosophers Behaving Badly

by Nigel Rodgers & Mel Thompson

An engaging and often hilarious survey of the far-from-fusty extra-curricular activities of some of philosophy’s finest practitioners Philosophers Behaving Badly examines the lives of eight great philosophers—Rousseau,...


Doubting Thomas: A Novel about Caravaggio

by Atle Naess

Coming somewhere between Peter Ackroyd and Perfume, Doubting Thomas is an innovative and fascinating novel about the renowned Italian painter Caravaggio. The plot centers around the events of a May evening in...


Sophia of Hanover: From Winter Princess to Heiress of Great Britain, 1630-1714

by J. N. Duggan

The detailed memoirs and letters of a gifted and prolific chronicler provide an insider’s view of life for the top echelons of society in the 16th century Sophia, Electress of Hanover (1630–1714), granddaughter...